at Question Time
in the Australian Parliament
(Photo: A. Taylor)
The Age's website tonight carries this story from Reuters.
"As politicians squabble over how to act on climate change, Greenland's icecap is melting faster than scientists had thought possible." .....
"If the icecap melts entirely, oceans would rise by seven metres. A total meltdown would take centuries, but global warming — which climate experts blame mainly on human use of fossil fuels — is heating the Arctic faster than anywhere else on Earth."
"Greenland, the world's largest island, is mostly covered by an icecap of about 2.6 million cubic kilometres which accounts for a 10th of all the fresh water in the world." .....Ice Crystals in the soil
- in our one-off freeze-up
last year, in Robbo.
"The more the surface melts, the faster the ice sheet moves towards the ocean. The glacier that Swiss Camp rests on has doubled its speed to about 15 kilometres a year in the past 12 years, while its tongue retreated 10 kilometres into the fjord."
"It is scary," Dr Steffen said. "This is only Greenland. But Antarctica and glaciers around the world are responding as well."